# Homework Help: Propagating Error a Pendulum

1. Feb 11, 2009

### nubey1

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The length of a string attached to a pendulum is measured with a precision of (+or-)0.2. The time of the oscillation is measured to a precision of (+or-)0.1. How many periods must you measure so that the contribution of the uncertainty in time is smaller than the uncertainty in length, when calculating g?

2. Relevant equations

T=2pi(l/g)^(1/2)

3. The attempt at a solution

g=((2pi)^2(l+delta:l))/(T+delta:T)^2
I dont know where to go from here.
Delta l and T are the error in those measurements.

2. Feb 11, 2009

$$\delta l << l$$ and $$\delta T << T$$. I think you might have an error in your equation for g:
$$g +\delta g= (2 \pi)^2 \frac{l+\delta l }{(T+\delta T)^2}$$ where $$\delta g$$ is the error in g.
$$\delta g = |\frac{\partial g}{\partial l}| \delta l + |\frac{\partial g}{\partial T}| \delta T$$